My family and I just returned from our vacation to the big Island. We stayed at Colony One for four days so we could tour the volcanoes national Park and the rest of the area along the south shore. Given the scarcity of accommodations in that entire area this resort is a good option. However it does have some drawbacks. The resort is very isolated-though it is walking distance to the Black Sand beach. Volcano national Park is 30 minutes away and Hilo is one hour away. Kona is 90 minutes away. Other smaller towns are 10-15 mins away. Plan ahead to pick up groceries in either Hilo or Kona. The unit itself was well stocked and had lots of space. It has a nice view of the golf course and the ocean with a small lanai containing a table and chairs and lounge chairs for enjoying these. The resort also has a small pool which was very underused while we were there and a lovely garden and barbecue area. Some of the interior furniture is tired but overall the unit was very clean. The golf course has seen better days so if you were expecting a PGA course you should consider another location. Green fees were reasonable considering the condition it was in and the lack of attention over the past 10 years. Somehow it survives and is popular in the early morning with regular customers. I got the impression this resort was a great idea 15 years ago but never really got off the ground due to local pressure against its development. If you're looking for a place to lay your hat while you're exploring the volcanoes and the great views along the south shore this is a good
The location and view were everything we hoped for! While we have stayed at Colony One in the past, this year we invited friends to join us. Two couples joined us on separate times during our stay. The accommodation, a separated bedroom and baths for each couple was perfect! The rates were very reasonable for this kind of rental.
While others have complained about the golf course at Sea Mountain, we love it! Where else can you play golf in Hawaii, with the ocean all around, for $25 each, including the cart! Yes, it is not the manicured course you may see in Kona, but you are not paying $120 for it either!
The Black Sand beach was wonderful as usual. The sea turtles showing themselves on schedule daily! Walks on the lava, local fisherman, watching whales breach, from the lanai, it doesn't get much better.
While out of the way, if you like golf, the ocean, peace and quiet, then this is the place for you!
The condo was as pictured. Great views of the ocean and golf course. Quiet get away from it all area. Walk 5 minutes down to the black sand beach. Just buy all groceries in Hilo or Captain Cook (depending upon where you land). The Punaluu Bakery is not to be missed and the Kau Coffee Company is worth a visit too. Only a half hour to Volcano National Park from here. Enjoyed the pool and hot tub. We grilled fresh fish almost every evening. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise and the sounds of the ocean and the birds from the upstairs bedroom. If you need some rest and relaxation in paradise, this is the place.
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